Militia: Friend or Foe?

Along with any report on militias from ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, or any other similar news agency, you will often see the liberal use of words like extremist, radical, right-wing, and conspiratorial. They may even pitch in a few emotion-provoking words like racist and hate group. This certainly paints a bleak picture of an entire group of people, but how accurate is that picture, really? To get an honest answer, we have to look at what militias have meant historically in our nation as well as what they have become in the last few decades.

During the Revolutionary War, there were many colonial militia groups. The largest and most well-known group was the Minutemen. In fact, it was this group that kicked off the Revolutionary War in Lexington, when British Forces fired on them prompting a hostile response that resulted in a British retreat. Militia groups continually engaged the British regulars throughout the war. They proved effective in guerilla style warfare, considerably hampering British supply lines; however, they proved generally ineffective on the open battle lines with the Colonial regulars. The performance of the militia during the war was viewed later as pivotal in suppressing the British Forces until the engagement of the French on behalf of the Colonies, which were also joined later by the Dutch and Spanish in securing American independence.

Militias continued to be utilized and supported by their states through the early years of the United States up to the Spanish-American War. Prior to WWI, the Dick Act federalized many of these groups into National Guard units for each state, which the federal government could then use as a reserve force for its regular Army units. Because this allowed these units to be taken out of state, many states felt as if they had been left defenseless, which in turn created a strong emotional impact among those who survived the Civil War. The Act allowed for the creation of the reserve militia or unorganized militia by the citizens (all able-bodied men ages 18-45) for the defense of their home state.  

Though the reserve militias were originally supported by their states with firearms and equipment, this support dwindled over the years as the ever-increasing demands of the state National Guard drained allocated funds. Each group learned to be self-sufficient and would purchase equipment necessary for their mission from personal funds leading to more separation of the militia groups from their state government.

These groups were allowed to self-regulate as their existence was guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, specifically by the First and Second Amendments. However, with the lack of calls to service from their states and the glory of the militia in service during the Spanish-American War fading from memory, so too did the decline of individual Americans’ involvement in their local militia groups. Coupled with this was a general leeriness of firearms growing amongst the public; traditional militia groups began to disappear entirely by the Second World War.

Then in the late 50’s, new groups began to form in response to the growing Civil Rights movement that resembled militias. They spewed hatred for Black Americans and justified their armed groups’ existence and the violence they created as a defense for their culture and way of life, taking the argument as far as defending their state’s rights. For example, the White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan conducted many beatings and church burnings and even murdered three civil rights workers in 1964. The KKK became known as the militant arm of the Democratic Party, who fought tirelessly against the Civil Rights Movement.

Not long after Civil Rights were signed into law, the Black Panther Party, which quickly formed into a revolutionary communist group, pushed for an overthrow of the government and a creation of a new Marxist regime. This group was highly militant and was often seen marching armed groups through black communities, enforcing the will of the group on the Black American communities. Because of groups like the KKK and the Black Panthers, the word militia sank into the American psyche as one associated with crime, uncontrolled violence, paranoia, and racism even as those groups faded into obscurity.

Under the Clinton Administration in the 1990’s, many Americans began to feel the stress of encroachment of their individual freedoms and liberties as well as the federal government’s ever-growing tax burden. The 1993 assault weapons ban was especially shocking to many conservatives across the nation. Never before had the government made such a bold move against the 2nd Amendment. Gun rights are seen by many as the keystone of American independence. Because of this and other suspicious activities by the Clinton Administration, Americans across the nation began to feel that their very nation was in trouble of once again falling under the control of a tyrant. Men and women with rifles began to gather once again and talk about preparing for the worst and fighting for their nation if necessary. The traditional militia was reborn.

Unfortunately, this also coincided with a movement that was spreading rapidly out of Europe; the rise of the Neo-Nazi skinheads. This movement was growing rapidly among younger white Americans in response to the inner city rising of black gangs like the Crips and Bloods. The Neo-Nazis pulled their members into rural areas around the nation in the hope of being able to engage in criminal practices with less scrutiny than in the big cities and to separate themselves from those inner city gangs.

Rural America also happens to be where the majority of conservative Americans live who were reforming traditional, constitutional militia groups, and they found they were getting lumped together by the media as the same type of group as the FBI started to crack down on the Neo-Nazi criminal enterprises. Timothy McVeigh was a prime example of this. His agreement with conservatives against the aggressive use of federal power at Ruby Ridge and Waco, Texas and his disagreement with the 1993 Assault weapon ban was enough to get him to attend a militia meeting in Arizona and again in Michigan, but the views of these militia groups were not extreme or racists enough for him to join. The Turner Diaries, an Aryan Nation fictional novel, was his bible and it drove him to action against the government, in the same manner described in the book, leading to the destruction of the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

The media blamed McVeigh’s extremist views on the militia groups that he never joined. The stereotypes perpetuated of him being a violent racist only fed the image created by the KKK and the Black Panthers of militias in American minds. This led to a rapid decline in memberships in militia groups across the nation, disbanding many of them.

However, the movement was revived once again after President Obama took office with an agenda even more worrisome than that of Bill Clinton. The militias are growing again by as much as 60% per year. Many people feel the threatening power of the federal government in their daily lives and the secrecy of the Obama Administration on issues. The purchase of 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition along with 2,700 armored vehicles and 7,000 fully automatic weapon systems for the Department of Homeland Security has many concerned about the future liberty of our nation.

So, what is the real militia? It is a group of constitutionally-minded free citizens grouped together for the common cause of preservation of our traditional values and beliefs. They are open groups, never ashamed to speak publically about the history and importance of our great nation and the need for citizens to provide balance against the power of government. They are not anti-government, for they—with all citizens of our nation—are the government. They are not racist, for they believe all men were made equally by their Creator and endowed with certain inalienable Rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is the militia and it’s up to you if you chose to stand on the sidelines of history or become a part of it.

 

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Real Life Zombies, Learned Helplessness, And Societal Tribalism.

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Every which way you turn now days, there are zombies. They appear in movies, television shows, video games, toy stores etc.  Our popular culture is inundated by it’s own “zombie apacolypse”. They are so pervasive that they have become inescapable. While there is no harm in indulging in a bit of make believe on occasion it might be alarming to some to note the parallels between the “make-believe” and the real world.

The common description of a zombie is that of a neither living nor dead being whose primary motivation is to consume the flesh and brains of others. Keep that description in mind the next time you are in public and you will see there is some reality to zombies in a figurative sense and in some ways literally.

Neither Living nor Dead.

Real world “zombies” can be found just about anywhere. They believe what they are taught to believe, do only what they are told to do, never questioning anything that goes against what they have been taught or told and are usually very defensive of what ever they were originally taught to believe.  They do not live for themselves but rather to “go along to get along”, go to work, pay taxes, vote for which ever party they were told to, consume products they were told to, never the while believing it possible that an independant thought could be anything but blasphemy.

Try this: Go to a fast food restaurant and in one breath order a burger, saying “just the burger to go” after what the name of the burger was. More times than not the cashier will ask “do want that in a combo” and after reaffirming that you “just want the burger” don’t be shocked to hear: “will that be for here or to go?”

At this point some of my readers will be thinking “but that is what they were trained to say and it’s polite to just go-along-to-get-along”. If you are thinking that, please re-read everything up to this point and go look in a mirror because the cashier started that conversation with something like “what can I get for you” and you told them very specifically using the word “just” in the context of meaning “just that, nothing else” and if they were actually coherent when the asked you the question they may have noted the “to go, please” part as well.

Zombies are not solely in fast food, and can be spotted working in nearly every industry. If you rent a post office box, try paying your dues early, and then ask the rediculous question “why not” when they  tell you that they can not accept payment early. When they say “our system doesn’t allow us to accept payments until your due date” don’t forget this is a government service bleeding red ink from both femoral arteries.

Consuming the Flesh and Brains of Others.

Real life zombies obviously do not literally eat human flesh or brains but in a figurative way they do. In one way they infect others into “going along to get along” which leads the victim to stop thinking about what they are doing or why they are doing it. This is what leads to “learned helplessness”, or accepting the false belief that society is the way it is and nothing can be done about it. While it may seem to be impossible to cure a zombie, the idea of giving into this societal norm is a defeatist one. While there is no known one-size-fits-all way to bring people out of their trance like state, it is something we should not give up trying to do, for those who understand what I’m saying know what governments do when people stop thinking. We must try.

Societal Tribalism.

Another aspect of zombies is their attachment to what I’ll call “their team”. Sports is an excellent example in the way that most fans will defend “their team” even to the point of having to resort to absurd arguements. Though in sports, people’s lives, liberty, property, and pursuit of happpiness are not in play. In politics, however, everything is fair game.

You have likely heard “I won’t vote for Democrats, they want to raise taxes”, or “I won’t vote for Republicans, they’ll start another war and Al Sharpton said they’re racist”. What few people see is that both parties raise taxes, start wars, and use racial issues as political weapons. It is this narrow minded, single issue voting decision used by so many that has led this country to the shambles it has become and effected the world at the same time in a very negative way.

This tribalism can even be seen in those who say they don’t trust the media, but still buy into certain things because they want to believe it without out ever questioning it. It is as if people live if fear of finding truth because they would have to first question what they have already been led to believe and admit that they really don’t know.

Are you a zombie, or do you truly think for yourself?

“I have sworn upon the Altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
-Thomas Jefferson

Police: Friend or Foe

Constantly, when I log into Facebook or YouTube, I see videos of uniformed police officers doing the unthinkable. Oaths may differ from state to state, but we tend to think along with that oath is a promise to serve the public and preserve the peace, and ultimately, defend the Constitution. However, when I watch these videos, I see officers performing cavity searches on the side of busy freeways for the suspicion of marijuana use, I see officers arresting a veteran who is legally, openly carrying, I see officers confiscating skateboards just because they don’t like the kids riding them, I see a report of an officer murdering a Sunday school teacher because she wouldn’t roll down her window, and dozens of reports of SWAT teams running raids on the wrong homes and shooting innocent people and pets.

Coupled with our regime tearing down our Constitutional rights in Washington D.C., many are left with the impression that we live in a police state. People peacefully demonstrating against the Obama administration are being arrested—which violates the First Amendment—people legally carrying weapons are being detained and arrested in violation of the Second Amendment, and people are being pulled out of their cars and having their vehicles searched without their consent, in violation of the Fourth Amendment. People certainly have just cause to be a bit apprehensive when it comes to having a police officer contact them.

But, it’s time for a reality check. There are nearly 800,000 police officers in the United States. Anytime you deal with any large group of people, regardless of their profession, you are going to see a few bad apples. It’s easy to get caught up in the sensationalism of bad press. Certainly those videos are worth seeing, but what we don’t see are many of the videos about the good cops, like L.A. Sherriff’s Deputy Elton Simmons who has written over 20,000 tickets and never received a single complaint. There are also stories of an officer saving a dog from a car accident, rescuing people from house fires, and stopping a deranged maniac who wanted to kill a two year-old girl.

So, when we deal with police, we need to be fair. Using a bit of caution is not a bad idea and I don’t think any honest officer would mind if you video recorded your encounter for your own safety, but at the same time we should not take actions that would escalate the emotions of the encounter. We have our rights, and we should be aware of how the courts have interpreted those rights under our circumstances when we have an encounter with police. If you don’t want to roll down your window all the way when the police stop you, then you should know the court decision that supports you. If you want to walk down the street openly carrying a pistol, you best know the court decisions that prevent an officer from taking your gun or detaining you. It doesn’t take long to look up these cases.

Yes, it is possible to educate a police officer on the law. Even though they have been trained, it’s easy to forget things, or have misinterpreted laws in their head, but you have to know what you are talking about and be able to state your sources or else the officer cannot verify your information. Be knowledgeable and be courteous. Just because you know an officer is wrong, does not mean you should be rude and arrogant. I see videos where people harass police officers doing their jobs and when the police finally react, they act like they are the innocent victims of police harassment.

Also, I think it’s important we address the issue of police departments across the nation overusing High Risk Entry Teams, like SWAT, to execute simple warrants. This needs to be addressed with the city councils that use these teams. Furthermore, I believe that this area is one for which law suits are very effective. If police department have to pay large settlements due to misuse of force, then they will eventually have to address the policies in which their officers use force to ensure that they are constitutionally sound.  I also believe people should force their cities and counties to hold officers responsible who clearly break the law and not accept the line “within department policy”. Putting pressure on the right people, especially around elections, can get results.

We need to remember, police officers are people too. There may have been issues with the call that preceded your contact with them or even issues arising from the officer’s home life which could cause him or her to act in a manner that is inconsistent with their normal behavior. We all have bad days and police officers are no exception. I recommend everyone read the book ‘Verbal Judo’ by Dr. George Thompson.  He teaches his readers how to deescalate tense situations to prevent violence. Even if everything fails, be cooperative. Resisting and being argumentative can lead to legitimate charges where there may not have been one before. After all, the officer is not the one who actually enforces the law, that’s the judge and they are not going to be happy with an officer that arrests a citizen who did not break any laws. Which then makes your complaint against the officer that much stronger.

 

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Florida Bails On Common Core

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Florida Leaves PARCC by Executive Order

 

” In a stunning move, Florida Governor Rick Scott removed the State of Florida from the Common Core consortium known as the the Partnership for Assessing Readiness for College and Career (PARCC). This consortium is comprised of states such as New York, New Jersey, Arizona, New Mexico, Illinois, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee among other states.  Florida has been the fiscal agent for PARCC. Further, members participating in PARCC have the Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) written with the state of Florida. This may require member states to renegotiate their status with PARCC. 

This move follows on the heels of other departures from Common Core Consortia. Earlier this year, Oklahoma and Indiana left PARCC. Michigan, Maine, Alabama, and Utah had left the Smarter Balanced Consortia over the past year and a half. Tennessee’s hearing on Common Core will begin next week. Growing political pressure to withdraw…

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Losing the Defensive Battle

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One of the few great things about television is that it provides a looking glass back in time. You can find old black-and-white programs from the late 40’s through the early 60’s and get a flavor of a society completely foreign to today’s. Technology has astoundingly changed the quality of lives of people since the end of the 19th Century to today; the dynamics of our cultural climate change has nearly given us what equates to be generational whiplash. Not that everything was prefect in those days, but concepts of individual liberties and freedoms were held in much higher esteem.

So, how did the American dream go from a land where you can work hard, pursue you goals, and carve out a life to be proud of, to one where if you work hard and pursue your goals so you can afford to pay the taxes so other people can live a life where they don’t have to work? We live in a nanny state and a police state where someone from the government is just around the corner, ready to tell you what you can’t do and fine you for it. There are regulations on just about everything we do and odds are you are breaking the law almost every day whether you know it or not.

We went from a nation of strong morals and ethical values to one of rampant social degradation. It’s easy to point the fingers at the hippies, communists, progressives or any other form of socialists and while that may be true, conservatives have to take some of this blame. The reason for this is because we have been using the wrong tactics. We have been fighting the defensive battle.

Look at our society as a balance between anarchy and totalitarianism. On one side, you have no government and no control—it’s every man for himself and only the strong survive. On the other hand, you have no freedoms at all and you will conduct yourself exactly as you are told, nothing more, and nothing less. In the middle, you have a balance, where you have just enough government to keep other people from impeding on your rights to life and property, but not so much as they can tell you what you will do with either. This is liberty.

For decades now, we have had the socialists pushing that balance toward totalitarianism in the name of tolerance and equality by waving the banner of “change” as if more government translates to more freedom. Conservatives attempt to stand their ground, arguing that these social changes will only bring the opposite effect the proponents of change claim to bring. People are reluctant to change and, believe it or not, conservatives often win.

But therein lays the problem, every time the socialists do win, they push us closer to that totalitarian state, and when conservatives, win they have just momentarily prevented us from moving that direction but do not undo any socialist advances made before. Furthermore, the socialists are playing the game much harder and better. If conservatives block legislation that would impede our liberties, they will just get the president to sign an executive order or have some government entity issue a new regulation that does the same thing. If conservatives manage to stop either of those, then socialists will push the issue in the courts. If those tactics fail for the socialists, then they will just change the wording on what they want and attack again from a slightly different direction. Conservatives are put under a constant onslaught that appears to have no end. They will even make concessions and compromises just to stop the changes from being so severe, but this only energizes the opposition because a victory is a victory and the country again makes another shift to the left.  

If we are to unravel all the damage that has already been done to our freedoms, then we need to change tactics and stop fighting defensively, but offensively. We need to rally and start actually pushing this nation back into balance where individual liberty thrives, small businesses can compete and grow, and jobs return to the United States. We have to stop making compromises and educate the people that they cannot depend on government to solve all their problems, and that it is actually government that is creating most of their problems. We need to keep pointing out where the socialist agenda has damaged our nation and give solutions on how to solve these problems. The people need leadership; we need conservatives to take the helm of the ship, steer us back on course, and be more than just an anchor. We need to get back to being a people who represent a light to the world of high moral standing and strong ethical values.

 

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Washington Navy Yard Shooting: The Search For Answers

As the mainstream media has shifted it’s focus away from finding a motive for the shooting last Monday that left 13 people dead including the alleged perpetrator Aaron Alexis, there are many unanswered questions surrounding the event. Numerous conspiracy theories have surfaced as well compounding the confusion with the mainstream media’s misreporting and biased finger-pointing. Politicians have also siezed upon the event to place blame and further their agendas.

Signs of trouble.

Aaron Alexis, 34, a Navy veteran, was employed by the IT firm The Experts Inc. that was contracted by the Department of Defense to develop software for a classifed project at the Washington Navy Yard. Prior to his employment with The Experts Inc., Alexis had a couple of run-ins with law enforcement for outbursts of anger including one incident in Seattle, Washington where he had shot out the tires of a construction worker’s vehicle that was parked in front of his residence. Alexis, according to the Veterans Administration, had only sought medical help for insomnia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder supposedly caused by the events of  9/11/01.

A spokesperson for the VA has stated that Alexis had been prescribed trazodone. Trazodone, a selective seretonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) and member of the hallucinigen class is known to have numerous side effects including mania, paranoia, delirium, agitation, psychosis, hallucinations, and self-destructive behavior according to Drugs.com  which lists official FDA information.

Also notable is the phone records of a Residence Inn hotel in Rhode Island on August 7th, where Alexis was staying for work related reasons. During his stay in Rhode Island was when Alexis’s strange behavior and claims of “voices in his head” began and reportedly had changed motels more than once because he believed that he was being followed and that someone else was causing the voices using a microwave device.

The phone records of the Residence Inn state that Alexis had been knocking on doors to nearby rooms in an apparent attempt to locate his alleged “followers”. Out of concern, an employee contacted The Experts Inc. who in turn asked that a Residence Inn employee check his room, check him out (of the room) and that he is to return to Washington D.C. because a The Experts Inc. employee said that he was “unstable”. Source

Officials with The Experts Inc. have stated publically that they knew Alexis was complaining (to them) about voices, they believed that the hotel was “too noisy”.

The SWAT team “stand-down”.

According to an article by the BBC,  members of the Capitol Police CERT team (SWAT) responded to the scene 5 minutes after the initial 911 were made but were ordered by superiors to “leave the scene”. Also, according to the article, is that since the shooting the head of the Capitol Police CERT team has been replaced and to date the CERT members have not been debriefed which would have been standard protocol. Also stated is that 4 members have asked for a leave of absence “to grapple with the aftermath of the incedent”. No requests have been approved.

Curious, as CERT team members could have possibly saved lives had they been allowed to seek out and confront the alleged shooter.

What about the mysterious inscriptions on Alexis’s shotgun?

Aaron Alexis had inscribed the words “my ELF weapon” and “better this way” onto his firearm before his alleged rampage. So what does that mean?

“ELF”, or “extremely low frequency”, refers to a type of radio wave commonly used by naval submarines to communicate with surface vessels and satellites as it easily penetrates seawater where other types of radio waves do not. It is believed by scientists that such waves could possibly be used as a destructive weapon and even a way to transmit audio messages directly into a persons inner ear similar to devices such as this, and this from Disney researchers but so far no ELF version of a direct to human communication device is admitted to exist.

So was Alexis the target of a secret device for nefarious reasons or did he have a bad reaction to trazodone? Like so many things involving government secrecy, I doubt the truth will ever be known.

“Out of My Cold, Dead Fingers”

I have heard this line since I was a little kid. I love it. It’s even better than “molon labe” in my opinion! It paints a clear picture. If you want my guns, you are going to pay for them, in blood. Just the thought of it inspires me. With a motto like this soaring across the nation, no one should ever dare infringe on the 2nd Amendment, no less be brazen enough to actually attempt to confiscate a firearm from a red-blooded American. It would be suicide, right?

Well, at least I used to think so. In 2005, New Orleans was slammed by Hurricane Katrina. A large portion of the city was swallowed by water after multiple breaks in the city’s levy system occurred. People fled the submerged city in droves, but there were also large portions of the city that stayed that remained above the water level. It was a national emergency nightmare and FEMA was completely unprepared. Which seems strange, considering it’s their job and all, but I digress.

With violence soaring out-of-control, looting happened at a rampant pace, and gangs openly seized control of the streets. New Orleans responded with calling in the National Guard and declaring Martial Law. The first act of Martial Law wasn’t protect property and save people, but obviously seize the guns. The National Guard didn’t go after the street gangs, because they kept running away and hiding like cockroaches, so they focused their efforts on easier prey, law abiding gun owners protecting their homes. Using the mandated registry the Guard went home to homes without warrants and seized all firearms. Sure, people were upset, especially after the gangs followed behind the Guard and had a carefree time looting without fear of return fire, but the Guard really had little difficulty executing their orders. The NRA eventually jumped in and got a court order ending the practice, but to this day many of those gun owners never got their weapons returned to them.

Then in July of this year, Cook County, Illinois (Chicago) unilaterally withdrew thousands of Firearm Owner Identification Cards (FOID), which is an elaborate permission slip to own a firearm. More than 3,000 people failed to turn in their cards and their legally purchased guns, so deputies of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office continue to around door to door collecting these cards and the owner’s guns, sometimes with a High Risk Entry Team. 10 to 20 of these cards get revoked every week. Sometimes on drug charges, sometimes just because some desk jockey decides a FOID holder is mentally unstable. Aside the fact that these cards’ very existance is highly unconstitutional, the revocation is even more so, but the whole episode goes off without very little trouble for the Sheriff’s Office.

Also this year, we have the People’s Republic of California greatly expanding its list of people no longer allowed to possess firearms. Reasons for revocation of rights range from unpaid taxes to failure to pay toll fees in a “timely” manner as well as many other misdemeanor and non-criminal charges. The state spent more than $24 million to hire officers to run raids on over 20,000 residents who possessed legally purchased and registered firearms. This also continues today.

“From my cold, dead fingers” is an attitude that should not be taken lightly. I am not advocating that if you possess a legally purchased firearm that you sacrifice your life in order to keep it if the authorities come knocking on your door. For decades the thought of the government actually confiscating legally owned firearms was so foreign as to seem ridiculous; so making such statements was easy to proclaim with no real risk.

However for many, that day is here. I have a Facebook friend in West Virginia who had authorities run a warrantless raid on his home while he was at work. They confiscated his guns and computers, because of some right-wing statements he had made on Facebook. His wife and children were taken into custody for the day but were eventually released and no charges were filed. He is still trying to get his property returned.

Whether you have ever uttered the words “from my cold, dead fingers”, “molon labe”, or “come and take them”, then take some time and think what those words actually mean and what the consequences are. If you have a family, discuss this with seriously with your spouse. Discuss with your friends who have also made these statements. Prepare yourself for the possibility that someone will come for your guns, because the days are gone when this was purely hypothetical speculation. The day is coming when you will get the knock on your door. It may be years, it may be weeks, but without a doubt, it will come. Prepare yourself and have a plan of action.

 

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Meanwhile In “Gun Free” Chicago … Thirteen People Shot In One Incident

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13 Shot In Chicago Park

 

 

” Semehca Nunn tried hard to talk about her 3-year-old grandson, one of 13 people shot as neighbors played basketball in Cornell Square Park in the Back of the Yards Thursday night.

“They need to stop, they need to stop,” Nunn said, the last word coming out as almost a shriek as she closed her eyes and collapsed crying.

A pick-up game was being played on the park’s basketball court in the 1800 block of West 51st Street around 10:15 p.m. when at least one gunman walked up and started firing, apparently with a high-powered gun.

Thirteen people who were on the court or were watching the game were hit, many of them in the arms or legs.

The boy, Deonta Howard, was standing on the court and was shot near the ear, the bullet exiting through his cheek, according to police and relatives…

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Hypocrites Abound

I can’t tell you how many conservatives I have talked to that are completely flummoxed by our Commander-in-Chief. It seems like every position the man has taken in his life he has turned around and done the opposite. He hammered Bush for invading Iraq. He attacked him for high gas prices. He lambasted him for the poor economy. He even criticized Bush for his NSA spy program, yet he is now guilty of all the same things. He defines hypocrisy.

Now that we are on the verge of war with Syria, which could escalate to who-knows-what, where are all those war protesters who hogged up all the air time on TV during the Iraq war? What happened to all those liberals that screamed about Bush raising the debt limit and driving us into bankruptcy? Where are the liberals who demanded Bush to close Guantanamo Bay? During the Bush administration the liberals attacked Bush for suppressing free speech, for trying to get Clear Water, to cancel Howard Stern, and let’s not even get into the Patriot Act. The entire left wing seems to be filled with hypocrites.

With Obamacare on the horizon, Obama is everything Reagan warned us about. So, why are so many moderates still clinging to the idea he is a good president? Why are people not picketing across America demanding impeachment? Obama should be pure gold to conservatives. He demonstrates everything conservatives have been saying about liberals for years. It seems we have our very own Vladimir Lenin sitting in the White House and America doesn’t seem to care. The country is more divided than ever. We seem to be gaining little to no ground. We may even see another civil war in our lifetime, being the last resort to restore the Constitution, and the moderates just are not listening to us.

Sometimes, the answers we can’t find in others can be found in ourselves. In 1999, I was a young Republican. I listened to Rush Limbaugh’s entire 3-hour program every day and several other conservative talk show hosts as well. I had a job that allowed it. I didn’t initially support Bush Jr., but I rallied into his camp after he won the primary. He said some great things about lower taxes, responsible government, and putting a lockbox on Social Security. After all, anything had to be better than Clinton, right? I’m not so sure anymore.

This is where it all gets confusing. I remember all the great things the Republicans said would happen when Bush got elected; unfortunately I do not remember hardly any of his promises being kept. What was Constitutional about our invasion of Iraq? Did it matter that he lowered taxes when he just increased spending? Before Bush Jr., there was no Department of Homeland Security or the Patriot Act, the worst piece of legislation our government ever enacted against the American public. When people look back at the presidency of G.W. he rallies an astounding 28% approval rate and is listed near the worst presidents in history.

So, by example, what do we offer the American public that is better than Obama? In recent history, not much. We sit back shocked that Obama would invite members of Islamic terrorist organizations into the White House, but conservatives said nothing when Bush met with Saudi Arabian leaders repeatedly even though 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were from that nation and international intelligence reports indicated that Saudi Arabia at least had advance knowledge of the attack if not provided direct assistance.  Yes, we have our own fair share of hypocrites.

If we are to win back this nation, we need to first win back our side. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Republican Party or whatever party. We conservatives need to rally behind a single party that stands for truth. When both sides are playing the same partisan games, why should moderate America choose a side? One side is as bad as another. Our values need to come first, and we need to support politicians that act with those values. Enough with us putting forth pretty boys who talk a good game and appeal to the masses. We need representatives, senators and a president with character. We need someone willing to put America first and not special interest groups or some giant corporation. We need to stop making compromises.